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09 Rival Left Shifter HARD and LOUD, Normal?

Old 05-18-09, 01:05 PM
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09 Rival Left Shifter HARD and LOUD, Normal?

Iím building up a Pedal Force RS2 with 09 SRAM Rival and I have an observation. The left shifter (front der.) seems to operate a little suspicious. It shifts from the small ring to the large ring just fine. But when shifting to the trim position or down to the small ring you have to depress the lever pretty hard and when it clicks its LOUD. I feel like something is going to break and then it lets loose and the derailleur moves the chain. Is this normal? Iím coming off mountain bikes and an older road bike with down tube shifters, so Iím not sure if they all do this.
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Old 05-18-09, 01:12 PM
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sounds about right to me..
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Old 05-18-09, 01:18 PM
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I have Rival too and it's the same. HUGE *click* *BANG* when you downshift. bit over 50h on this new bike with rival and it seems to be holding up

I fiddled with cable tension and all but for the love of god I can't make the FD trim (the first bang when downshifting) work. No matter if the cable is tight or not the FD does not move on the trim click. I don't really NEED it but I was just wondering...

Btw. make sure that the FD cable is a tiny bit loose when on the small ring, I found that it makes upshifting a lot more lighter.
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Old 05-18-09, 01:49 PM
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my tiagra does the same...rival fd has lots of flex
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Old 05-18-09, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Dago View Post
I have Rival too and it's the same. HUGE *click* *BANG* when you downshift. bit over 50h on this new bike with rival and it seems to be holding up

I fiddled with cable tension and all but for the love of god I can't make the FD trim (the first bang when downshifting) work. No matter if the cable is tight or not the FD does not move on the trim click. I don't really NEED it but I was just wondering...

Btw. make sure that the FD cable is a tiny bit loose when on the small ring, I found that it makes upshifting a lot more lighter.
I didnít want to mention it in fear of getting the post off topic, but my trim doesnít seem to function ANY MORE either. When I was first building up the bike and didnít have the chain on yet (waiting on chain tool) the front derailleur would move about 1/8Ē on the trim click. Now after having the chain mounted and cycling the gears a few times the derailleur doesnít move on the trim click. Like you Iím not so sure I need the feature so not a big deal but it sure did move before I put the chain on.
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Old 05-18-09, 02:25 PM
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take it in for a quick tune up/look over...I have Rival 09 and it seems that it does make that loud click when shifting to the big ring in the front, I also have found that after the it makes the click you should hold done the shift lever for a second or two to let the chain engage...im usually take a quick look down to see everything is all good...but other than that, its not gonna break, this group is pretty tough as far as hammering on it....
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Old 05-18-09, 02:27 PM
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rival is anything but quiet.
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Old 05-18-09, 03:40 PM
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Red seems pretty loud to me too, compared to DA or Chorus.
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Old 05-18-09, 04:21 PM
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your cable is probably allot tighter than it needs to be...check your limit screws and take a little tension off the cable.
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This sounds like what happens on my Ultegra when the outside limit screw is too tight. I think this causes too much cable tension when on the big ring, as the cable is pulling the FD against the limit screw instead of just pulling against the spring.

Try loosening the outside limit (allowing the FD to move further away from the frame).
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rival here, loud is right.
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Originally Posted by Dago View Post
I fiddled with cable tension and all but for the love of god I can't make the FD trim (the first bang when downshifting) work. No matter if the cable is tight or not the FD does not move on the trim click. I don't really NEED it but I was just wondering...
Sounds like a problem with the limits that you are using the tension to try to adjust.
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Old 05-18-09, 05:54 PM
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I find the front shifting on my Rival equipped bike to be pretty hard and loud also, but it is also very accurate and the noise/harshness doesn't bother me any.
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